Amazon Chicago-area sort center will have up to 500 jobs – News

Amazon is opening a Chicago-area sort center, its first Illinois hub for smaller packages, where it plans to employ 250 to 500 workers.

The newest facility, to handle parcels smaller than many it moves through distribution centers in Joliet and several other local sites, has a launch scheduled for October in southwest suburban Crest Hill. It’s the latest flag planted here since 2015 by the e-commerce monolith, whose projected local employment is heading toward around 8,000.

The 438,150-square-foot building in a Crest Hill industrial park has been under development since late 2015 for a previously undisclosed tenant. Amazon’s identity was confirmed by Scott McMaster, the suburb’s economic development and zoning manager. He said the city offered no economic incentives.

The 29-acre site is north of Joliet, less than two miles from an Interstate 55 interchange and less than 10 miles from I-80, according to Atlanta-based developer Ridgeline Property Group. The property is also near Amazon fulfillment centers in Joliet and Romeoville, and others opening this year in Aurora and Monee.

“I’ll tell you . . . to have an Amazon in our community garners a lot of attention and spurs a lot of economic development,” McMaster says. A public relations firm that has represented Amazon did not respond to an email request for comment.

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The Crest Hill facility will include 555 parking spaces for employees, 124 truck parking spaces, and 93 truck bays, McMaster says, a requirement that a real estate broker indicates was a deal killer for other locations chasing Amazon. Seasonal employment levels that spike during the holidays require more spaces.

Ridgeline principal Peter Harmon did not immediately return a call. Joe Krusinski, senior project manager for the general contractor, Oak Brook-based

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